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Research Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry
Year : 2010, Volume : 2, Issue : 2
First page : ( 93) Last page : ( 101)
Print ISSN : 0975-2331. Online ISSN : 0975-4385.

Traditional Indian Herbal Plants Tulsi and Its Medicinal Importance

Kumar KP Sampath*, Bhowmik Debjit,  Biswajit,  Chiranjib,  Pankaj, Tripathi KK, Chandira Margret

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Coimbatore Medical College, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu

*Corresponding Author: KP Sampath Kumar Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Coimbatore Medical College, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu Email: debjit_cr@yahoo.com

Online published on 21 March, 2013.

Abstract

Tulsi has got the great medicinal value. Studies have also shown Tulsi to be effective for diabetes, by reducing blood glucose levels. The same study showed significant reduction in total cholesterol levels with Tulsi. Another study showed that Tulsi's beneficial effect on blood glucose levels is due to its antioxidant properties. The Rama Tulsi is the effective remedy for the severe acute Respiratory Syndrome. Juice of its leaves gives relief in cold, fever, bronchitis and cough. Tulsi oil is also used as the ear drop. Tulsi helps in curing malaria. It si very effective against indigestion, headache, hysteria, insomnia and cholera. The fresh leaves of Tulsi are taken by the millions of people every day. For over the centuries Tulsi (the queen of herbs) has been known for its remarkable healing properties. Modern scientific research offers impressive evidence that Tulsi reduces stress, enhances stamina, relieves inflammation, lowers cholesterol, eliminates toxins, protects against radiation, prevents gastric ulcers, lowers fevers, improves digestion and provides a rich supply of antioxidants and other nutrients. Tulsi is especially effective in supporting the heart, blood vessels, liver and lungs and also regulates blood pressure and blood sugar. Recent studies suggest that Tulsi may be a COX-2 inhibitor, like many modern painkillers, due to its high concentration of eugenol (1-hydroxy-2-methoxy-4-allylbenzene). Tulsi also shows some promise for protection from poisoning and cataracts. The oil extracted from the Karpoora Tulsi is mostly used in the herbal toiletry. Its oil is also used against the insects and bacteria. Tulsi can not only keep the dreaded Swine flu or H1N1 flu at bay but also help in fast recovery of an afflicted person, Ayurvedic practitioners claim. "The anti-flu property of Tulsi has been discovered by medical experts across the world quite recently. Tulsi improves the body's overall defence mechanism including its ability to fight viral diseases.

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